Analysis and development of locomotion devices for the gastrointestinal tract

  title={Analysis and development of locomotion devices for the gastrointestinal tract},
  author={Louis Phee and Dino Accoto and Arianna Menciassi and Cesare Stefanini and Maria Chiara Carrozza and Paolo Dario},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering},
The authors are developing devices for semi-autonomous or autonomous locomotion in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In this paper, they illustrate the systematic approach to the problem of "effective" locomotion in the GI tract and the critical analysis of "inchworm" locomotion devices, based on extensor and clamper mechanisms. The fundamentals of locomotion and the practical problems encountered during the development and the testing (in vitro and in vivo) of these devices are discussed. A… CONTINUE READING
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